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TRAVEL GUIDE TO BEIJING(CHINA)

Tripoto
28th May 2013

Country  China(Beijing)

Beijing backpacking trip

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Beijing is the capital of the most populous country in the world, the People’s Republic of China. . It was also the seat of the Ming and Qing dynasty emperors  Beijing is the political, educational and cultural centre of the country .

Beijing was host to the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.

Beijing is a very safe city. Violent crime is extremely rare, and it's not a problem to walk at night in urban areas. Beijing also enjoys the reputation of low crime rates in Asia and even the world.

If you are staying in Beijing for some time pick up anYīkātōng pre-paid card, which has a ¥20 refundable deposit and no expiry.

Beijing Subway is a great way to quickly get around the city and is clearly marked in English for travelers. 

By bus

Beijing’s bus system is cheap, convenient and covers the entire city

Where to go:
The centre of the city and most important landmark is Tiananmen Square . This is the world’s largest public square ,the square is surrounded by grand buildings including the Great Hall of the People, the Museum of Chinese History, the Museum of the Chinese Revolution, the Qianmen Gate and the Forbidden City. It is also home to the Chairman Mao Memorial Hall 

Palaces, temples and parks

The most important palace, Palace Museum, also known as the Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, . 

The Summer Palace is a vast ensemble of lakes, gardens and palaces in Beijing, is also UNESCO Heritage site.

The Temple of Heaven, is a complex of religious buildings , The complex was visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer toHeaven for good harvest. 

The Great Wall of China is about a 1-hour train trip, 1.5 hour bus ride, or 45-60 -minute car ride from the city. The Badaling section is the most famous, but also over-restored and crowded. Jinshanling, Huanghuacheng and Simatai are more distant but offer a better view of the wall away from the crowds.

The Ming tombs are a collection of mausoleums built by the Chinese Ming dynasty emperors. the Ming Tombs are designated as World Heritage Site.
The Yonghegong (Lama Temple) in Dongcheng District is one of the most important and beautiful temples in the country.

National Stadium (Bird’s Nest)

Hutongs. Beijing’s ancient alleyways, where you can find traditional Beijing architecture. 

The Peking Opera is considered the most famous of all the traditional opera performed around China. 

Acrobatics shows are also worth a visit if you want to see some traditional Chinese entertainment.

The are a number of interesting markets around Beijing where you can find all kind of cheap (and often fake) stuff. Some of the most popular places are Xizhimen in Xicheng District, Silk Street or Panjiayuan in Chaoyang District and Hong Qiao Market inChongwen District.

The National Stadium or affectionately “Bird’s Nest”, in Chaoyang District is a major landmark and a lasting symbol of the 2008 Olympic Games. Two contemporary buildings in Chaoyang District are remarkable landmarks: the CCTV Building (sometimes called “The Underpants” or “Bird Legs” by locals) and the World Trade Center Tower III.

Where to stay:

Many of the hostels are located in Dongcheng District and Xuanwu District.

Some 'expensive' hotels are in the city centre, in Chaoyang District

What to eat:

Sanlitun

Sanlitun has Beijing’s widest selection of great restaurants, culinary tour of the world’s finest cuisine, plus delectable dishes from Nearly every province.

Wangfujing street
 Beijing has Wangfujing Street. Just nort of the Night Market, a second Food Street opens at night along Dong’anmen Avenue, with a more traditional range of Chinese street foods.

Peking Roast Duck is a famous Beijing specialty served at many restaurants

Drink

Houhai in Xicheng District located around the lake, Houhai. Generally speaking, drinking at any bar in this area can be expensive.
Sanlitun in Chaoyang District was once the centre of nightlife in Beijing and still popular with expats.

Tea

Tea, tea, and more tea! Some shops are in malls and others are stand-alone establishments. . You can experience different styles of tea ceremonies and tea tastings at tea houses 

Beer
 Beijing’s own, Yanjing ), has perhaps the most dominating presence in the city . . Tsingtao Qīngdǎo), 

Don’t miss:

The 798 Art Zone is a large abandoned industrial zone taken over by artists in the 1990’s. many Western style cafes here. The area has until recently been undisputed as the centre for Chinese contemporary art. . The area is now firmly on the tour group circuit . Full of young artists selling their handiwork, which makes for great shopping if you can’t afford the big art pieces.
This area is similar to Hauz khas village of New Delhi.

Houhai area in Xicheng District located around the lake in the evening.

Most of the things in china comparable in cost to India except entrances to Monuments , which are very expensive in china.Remember you don’t have to visit every tourist attraction out there just because everyone else does.

People in China were very friendly, lot of time they offered me fruits or sweets while i was travelling in train.

Visa for Indians:

 Indians need to apply for Visa before travelling to China and for tourist purpose only Single entry or Double entry Visa is issued.

Costs:

 1chinese yuan =10.2 INR
Sanlitun has Beijing’s widest selection of great restaurants, lovely atmosphere.
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